Another State Bookkeeping Burden for Firms with More than 100 Employees

From Governor JBPritzker:

Pritzker Administration Announces Large Illinois Businesses to Report Equal Pay Information Beginning Next Year

Legislation Will Affect Employers with 100 or more Employees

SPRINGFIELD – Following Governor Pritzker’s signature of SB1847, businesses with 100 or more employees will be required to provide the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) with details about its workers and their pay beginning in 2022.

The forthcoming change will require qualifying, private employers to submit information in line with current requirements by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

“The legislation requires businesses to disclose specific worker data, to ensure that disparities do not exist regarding pay equity at large employers.

“It’s important to note the Illinois Department of Labor takes seriously the collection of this information. IDOL will ensure no individually identifiable details will be available to the public.

“The forthcoming changes are the result of productive conversations with IDOL, the General Assembly and groups representing businesses across the state,” said Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik.

This law is an initiative of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and was originally passed as part of the Equity Pillar legislation in January 2021.

Businesses with 100 or more employees in operation in Illinois as of March 23, 2021 must apply for an Equal Pay Registration Certificate (EPRC) between March 24, 2022 and March 23, 2024. Qualifying businesses that begin operation after March 23, 2021 must apply for an Equal Pay Registration Certificate within three years, but not before January 1, 2024.

All businesses must recertify every two years.

Equal pay information to be collected by IDOL includes:

• A copy of the EEO-1 filed with the EEOC
• A list of all employees during the past calendar year, separated by gender, race and ethnicity
• The county in which the employee works
• The date the employee started with the business
• Any additional information deemed necessary to determine if pay equity exists
• An equal pay compliance statement signed by an authorized agent of the business

Applications for the EPRC must be completed online. Additional guidance will be provided by the Illinois Department of Labor regarding the application process.


Another State Bookkeeping Burden for Firms with More than 100 Employees — 19 Comments

  1. A scant few of my pals still have business’s in Illinois.

    They remind me of those Japanese soldiers who remained holed up on South Pacific islands for 30 years after World War II ended.

  2. So much for a color and race blind society!

    As if this info won’t be used to threaten a business.

    NOT a welcoming climate to generate jobs.

  3. I wonder if the legislation is kind enough to list all potential genders, since apparently it’s a spectrum.

    Clearly from the pictures Cal posted earlier this month from Woodstock there’s more than male and female.

    To think that after all these years “science” got it wrong.

    Pandora’s box is open and we continue down the slippery slope that has us descending into the abyss.

  4. next thing ya know they’ll be wanting to vote, and drive

    wish there was no need for legislation but we haven’t done it on our own in 245 years what do you expect?

    and I feel it will be great for job generation and retention.


    I could work in a state where women earn .82 cents for every dollar a man makes or I could work in Illinois where I know I will get equal pay for equal work.

  5. Ridiculous.

    Businesses should get together and file a lawsuit.

  6. If I were an employer, I’d offer my more highly paid straight male employees a bonus if they would be willing to self identify as something other than that for employment purposes.

  7. Marxism is strong in Jumbo Boy who is under the impression that he has purchased
    Illinois as his plaything.


    More businesses will be leaving for the surrounding business friendly states.

  8. Punishing those who do well encourages them to stay small resulting in less taxes.

    May result in companies of 100 or more to leave!

    ILLINOIS is run by idiots!

  9. The federal government has had this requirement for years.

    Nobody is leaving the state over this.

    More reactionary BS from the uneducated crowd.

    Most employers with that many employees use a payroll service and they will provide the form filled out if not filed for any company that wishes.

    Companies are leaving Illinois for any number of reasons.

    This will not be one of them.

  10. Will black owned firms be exempted?

    Pokorny, you have an answer for everything except your own stupidity.

  11. The purpose of the U.S. EEOC per their website, is:


    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.”

  12. Thanks for the input Grainger. You must be one of the people I was referring to.

  13. What does “Equal Pay” really mean? Consider this example:

    Two individuals were hired by an engineering company in June of 2011 for jobs/positions with the exact same job description. The job description and responsibilities for the two individuals are exactly the same today in 2021. Both individuals completed 10 years of service with the company in June, 2021.

    Individual A is a female Black American, 37 years of age today with a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois with a GPA of 3.8.

    Individual B is a male White American, 34 years of age today, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin with a GPA of 3.6.

    Should Individuals A and B be paid the same salary, Equal Pay?

  14. Here is another hypothetical question: where would you test a disruptive business model? In a failed, hostile state such as Illinois or a friendly, receptive state such as Florida?

  15. Mr. Pokorny, I’ve read your posts here for years.

    Rarely, you make sense.

    Most of the time you spout rubbish.

    Take a break.

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